If you REALLY want to make a statement, Loren Hope is the one to go with. Her website is like a candy shop! Each piece of Loren Hope jewelry is carefully crafted in the USA individually by hand with traditional jewelry making techniques and is guaranteed against flaws in workmanship. Loren Barham, designer, gets her inspiration from vintage jewelry, antiques and relics from the past. “The colors, craftsmanship, quality and attention to detail in vintage jewelry are constant inspirations for me.”
Ah… what else do you need this summer?
As I was making my way back to the store where I work, after a quick visit at Skins Cosmetics, my attention got caught by the most gorgeous pink floral sweater in the window display of Pauw. Pauw is known to be somewhat of a classic store for the fancier ladies in this town who know how to spend well and normally I don’t care too much for this store, but today the force of this A-M-A-Z-I-N-G sweater sucked me inside. As I entered a lovely sales attendant with the biggest smile ever came up to me to ask if she could be of any assistance. I told her I wanted to have a look at the sweater (the price of it, but I did not mention that) and she clapped her hands together right as I said it.
‘Oh yes, beautiful isn’t it? It’s by a German label called ODEEH, have you ever heard of it?’
I shake my head. She continues: ‘Beautiful beautiful collection! For example this shirt which combines really well with this silk scarf and this coat.’
I was loving all of it!
‘And the sweater?’ I informed carefully. ‘What is the price of it?’
She takes a look at the pricetag and then turns it around so I can’t see it. I’m praying in my head: two hundred, please let it be two hundred…
‘Five hundred and eighty euro. It’s truly something you don’t see a lot around here.’
The price is making me sweat. I want it so bad!
‘Would you like to try it on? Maybe with the skirt?’
‘Thank you very much,’ I answer the attendant. ‘But I’m actually working right now. I will come back on a free day and take my time to try on these lovely pieces.’ And rob a bank or something. We do some more of that smiling and nodding and thanking like we are in Japan and I run back to work.
So the latest obsession: ODEEH.
German label since 2008 by Otto Drögsler and Jörg Ehrlich. They say it’s brave, creative, eclectic, sometimes casual, elegant, occasionally formal and strict.
I say it’s simply gorgeous.
As I was reading a fashion magazine a few weeks ago at my hairdresser, there was this particular bag in a street style item that immediately caught my attention. The bag was a milk box! Who was making these fabulous bags? It said “Olympia Le-Tan” under the picture. Of course I had to check it out their website as soon as I was done.
It says in her bio that Olympia Le-Tan (born in London, raised in Paris and likes to say she is English, French and Vietnamese) is a self-taught fashion designer who started her career at Chanel. In 2009 she launched her eponymous accessories label, combining her two obsessions, embroidery (a talent she inherited from her grand-mother), and literature (a passion she shares with her father, French illustrator Pierre Le-Tan) to create one of a kind handbags and minaudières. The bags are handmade with love in France in very limited editions.
Looking at these handbags make me feel like a little girl again.
Yes, I need one.
Ever since I discovered MAX&Co in Lecce, Italy last summer I am a huge fan. A by huge I mean HUGE.
MAX&Co is an Italian brand which belongs to the Max Mara group. It has that Max Mara feeling to it, but with a much better price tag. It’s young, but not in a teenager way, it’s stylish but fun and very on style. It’s pretty much everything you wish for when you are in your late twenties (I’m turning 29 in March) and look for something that says a little bit more “woman” than “girl”.
Today they released the spring – summer 2014 lookbook and I can’t wait to get my hands on this collection. There’s just one down side: the nearest MAX&Co store is in Brussels… oh well, a long weekend Brussels is not that bad!
I have always been a fan of animal and especially leopard print. Lucky for me the leopard made a major comeback last year and seems to be staying around for a while. Now we all know that if you don’t combine your leopard print with the right items you might end up looking a bit tacky. I love mixing it up with some gold accessories (but obviously not too much), a beige trench coat or a grey oversized sweater. Tartan and animal works together surprisingly good!
Here’s some inspration that will make you rrrrooar.